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SOUND OFF: 2014 Holiday Round-Up! 25+ Must-Own Theatre ItemsSOUND OFF: 2014 Holiday Round-Up! 25+ Must-Own Theatre Items
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 20, 2014

Today we are revisiting the very best theatre-related items released in 2014 in honor of the holiday shopping season being upon us. (more...)

Mary Testa to Celebrate HAVE FAITH Album at the Beechman, Barnes & Noble, 1/4-12Mary Testa to Celebrate HAVE FAITH Album at the Beechman, Barnes & Noble, 1/4-12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

MARY TESTA -- the two time Tony Award nominated singer and actress -- and MICHAEL STAROBIN, the Tony Award winning orchestrator and arranger will perform four concerts in January to promote their new album Have Faith from Ghostlight Records. (more...)

Mary Testa to Celebrate Release of New Album at The Laurie Beechman Theater and Barnes & Noble Next MonthMary Testa to Celebrate Release of New Album at The Laurie Beechman Theater and Barnes & Noble Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

MARY TESTA - the two time Tony Award nominated singer and actress - and MICHAEL STAROBIN, the Tony Award winning orchestrator and arranger will perform four concerts in January to promote their new album Have Faith from Ghostlight Records. Fresh off her recent starring role on Broadway in Wicked, Mary will perform a special CD release engagement at The Laurie Beechman Theater at The West Bank Cafe January 4-5,11-12, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Music Director Michael Starobin, will join her on piano with Alisa Horn on cello. Since being released earlier this month, Have Faith was called "stunning" by Playbill, "beautifully hypnotizing" by BroadwayWorld and "a sensational CD debut, terrific from first cut to last" by the Connecticut Post. For tickets, please visit www.lauriebeechmantheatre.com. To order the album, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/havefaith. (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago to Present PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION, 1/15-2/21 at Victory GardensBailiwick Chicago to Present PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION, 1/15-2/21 at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

On the heels of its wildly-successful production of The Wild Party, Bailiwick Chicago is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with the world premiere of the fierce new play PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION by Resident Playwright Aaron Holland*, directed by Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown*, playing January 15 - February 21, 2015 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Playthings to Host Gala Performance of Michael John LaChiusa's HELLO AGAIN, Starring Randy HarrisonPlaythings to Host Gala Performance of Michael John LaChiusa's HELLO AGAIN, Starring Randy Harrison
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

LGBT Repertory Theatre Company Playthings announces its third annual gala, a one-night-only concert presentation of Michael John LaChiusa's acclaimed musical HELLO AGAIN, which will be performed on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM at The York Theatre (619 Lexington Ave, at 54th Street). (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH, With Eric Idle and Victoria Clark, Begins Tonight at Carnegie HallThe Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH, With Eric Idle and Victoria Clark, Begins Tonight at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, tonight and tomorrow, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH Set for Next WeekThe Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH Set for Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

NYMF'S NEXT BROADWAY SENSATION 2014 Finalists AnnouncedNYMF'S NEXT BROADWAY SENSATION 2014 Finalists Announced
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced finalists for the 2014 NYMF'S NEXT BROADWAY SENSATION competition. The first two rounds of competition were held Friday and Saturday at New World Stages. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/8- Graciela DanieleSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/8- Graciela Daniele
by Stage Tube - Dec 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Graciela Daniele! As a performer, Daniele made her Broadway debut in What Makes Sammy Run? in 1964. She studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham while working with such luminaries as Bob Fosse, Agnes de Mille, and Michael Bennett, who hired her to assist him with Follies in 1971. Her first credit as a full-fledged choreographer was the 1979 revival of The Most Happy Fella. She has directed and/or choreographed several musicals of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, including, most recently, The Glorious Ones (2007) and Dessa Rose (2005) at the Off-Broadway Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. She has directed and/or choreographed several musicals of Michael John LaChiusa Off-Broadway, most recently Bernarda Alba (2006) and Little Fish (2003). (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Mary Testa and Michael Starobin's HAVE FAITH is Beautifully HypnotizingBWW CD Reviews: Mary Testa and Michael Starobin's HAVE FAITH is Beautifully Hypnotizing
by David Clarke - Dec 8, 2014

Having seen Mary Testa in a cabaret concert in Houston, I feel I had an idea of what to expect from her and Michael Starobin's album HAVE FAITH. While I expected it to be eccentrically eclectic and haunting, nothing could have prepared me for how it was beautifully hypnotizing and simultaneously so unlike anything I've ever heard before. The unique album utilizes well-known pop songs (hits from The Beach Boys to Alanis Morissette) and songs written by William Finn and Michael John LaChiusa to explore thoughts on faith and doubt in ways that are equally alluring and unexpected. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast's Bonus Episode Welcomes WICKED's Mary TestaThe Theater People Podcast's Bonus Episode Welcomes WICKED's Mary Testa
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 7, 2014

On Monday, December 8, the Theater People Podcast welcomes Mary Testa. Over the course of Testa's nearly four decades in the New York Theater she's racked up 12 Broadway credits, 26 Off-Broadway credits, two Tony nominations, two Obie Awards, four Drama Desk nominations and an honorary Drama Desk for her years of outstanding performances on and off Broadway. (more...)

A VERY BAYSIDE CHRISTMAS to Welcome Ed 'The Max' Alonzo, 12/17-20A VERY BAYSIDE CHRISTMAS to Welcome Ed 'The Max' Alonzo, 12/17-20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

National Lampoon's Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the wholesome Saturday morning program "Saved by the Bell" - will present a "A Very Bayside Christmas" for the week of Wednesday, December 17 through Saturday, December 20. (more...)

Mary Testa and Michael Starobin Release New Album HAVE FAITH TodayMary Testa and Michael Starobin Release New Album HAVE FAITH Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Ghostlight Records has announced the release of the new CD from MARY TESTA - the two time Tony Award nominated singer and actress currently starring in Wicked on Broadway - and MICHAEL STAROBIN, the Tony Award winning orchestrator and arranger. The album will be available in stores and via online outlets today, December 2, 2014. Mary and Michael will perform a special CD release engagement at The Laurie Beechman Theater at The West Bank Cafe January 4-5,11-12, 2015 at 7:00 PM. For tickets, please visit www.lauriebeechmantheatre.com. (more...)

2014 NYMF'S NEXT BROADWAY SENSATION Competition to Return This Month2014 NYMF'S NEXT BROADWAY SENSATION Competition to Return This Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced details for the 2014 NYMF'S NEXT BROADWAY SENSATION competition. A perennial fan-favorite, the competition will return in December with an impressive new list of celebrity mentors. (more...)

Scoop: Audra McDonald, Marc Kudisch, Carolee Carmello, Will Swenson & More Star in Reading of LaChiusa's RAINScoop: Audra McDonald, Marc Kudisch, Carolee Carmello, Will Swenson & More Star in Reading of LaChiusa's RAIN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

This just in! The Old Globe will hold a developmental reading of the new musical Rain, with book by Sybille Pearson (Baby, Giant), music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Giant, Marie Christine), based on the short story 'Rain' by W. Somerset Maugham, and directed by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale to Present NOT THE MESSIAH with Eric Idle at Carnegie Hall This WinterThe Collegiate Chorale to Present NOT THE MESSIAH with Eric Idle at Carnegie Hall This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

New Musicals MIDWESTERN GOTHIC and SILVER BELLES Get Private Readings at D.C.'s Signature TheatreNew Musicals MIDWESTERN GOTHIC and SILVER BELLES Get Private Readings at D.C.'s Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Continuing its ongoing efforts of supporting new musical theatre, Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA held invitation only readings of two world premiere musicals, Midwestern Gothic by composer Josh Schmidt (Adding Machine, A Minister's Wife) and librettist Royce Vavrek (Dog Days, Twenty-Seven) and Silver Belles by composer/lyricist Matt Conner (Nevermore, Crossing) and book writer Ally Currin (Caesar and Dada, Benched), on November 6 and November 8, 2014. (more...)

Mary Testa & Michael Starobin to Release New Album 'Have Faith' in DecemberMary Testa & Michael Starobin to Release New Album 'Have Faith' in December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

Ghostlight Records has announced the release of the new CD from MARY TESTA - the two time Tony Award nominated singer and actress currently starring in Wicked on Broadway - and MICHAEL STAROBIN, the Tony Award winning orchestrator and arranger. The album will be available in stores and via online outlets December 2, 2014. Mary and Michael will perform a special CD release engagement at The Laurie Beechman Theater at The West Bank Cafe January 4-5,11-12, 2015 at 7:00 PM. For tickets, please visit www.lauriebeechmantheatre.com. (more...)

Audra McDonald Will Return to Carnegie Hall in DecemberAudra McDonald Will Return to Carnegie Hall in December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Six-time Tony Award winner and Musical America's 2014 Musician of the Year Audra McDonald, returns to Carnegie Hall on Friday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale to Perform NOT THE MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall This WinterThe Collegiate Chorale to Perform NOT THE MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

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